Viking bracelet of Scandinavian ‘Triangular-Section’ penannular type
Rare Scandinavian Viking ‘Triangular-Section’ Penannular Bracelet

Rare Scandinavian Viking ‘Triangular-Section’ Penannular Bracelet

Rare Scandinavian Viking ‘Triangular-Section’ Penannular Bracelet

 

Silver, 28.27 grams, 67.57 mm. 8th-11th century AD. A precisely-made example of a penannular silver bracelet. The main band consists of a cable formed from three silver rods in a semicircle of triangular section. The terminals are expanding triangular plates developing from the thick cable and reducing in thickness as they widen.

 

Elaborate silver cable bracelets are known from the Viking Age, e.g. the examples from the hack-silver hoard found at Vaalse, Falster, Denmark dated to the period 970-1020, and expanding terminals are likewise evidenced in the Baltic and North Sea throughout the early mediaeval period. The triangular section to the cable is a rarity and the neatness of its execution suggests it was made by a highly skilled craftsman.

 

Reference: Hardh, B. Silver in the Viking Age: A Regional-Economic Study, Acta Archaeologica Lundensia, Series in Octavo no.25, Stockholm, 1996 p.95 fig.22 and cf. Nerman, B. Die Vendelzeit Gotlands vol.II, Stockholm, 1969, plate 284 item 2259. One small discontinuity in the cable, otherwise good very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, not found in the UK. This item was accompanied by a positive XRF ancient metal test certificate from Oxford X-ray Fluorescence Ltd.

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